July 17, 2012
The other morning I was in the shower appreciating the luxury of running hot and cold water. It’s something I usually for granted but thought about places in the world where people still have to haul water and then heat it to bathe. Yet in spite of the wondrousness of modern plumbing, I let myself imagine even easier ways to clean ourselves. Perhaps in the future we will have an almost dry system of light that disinfects and deodorizes in seconds without even getting wet.
This fanciful idea came after recently watching a Nova series on the origin of humanity. The shows were about our evolution from a common ancestor with apes, through the toolmaking homo habilis to what we are today, homo sapiens. This several million year process should, in principle, continue as our evolution doesn’t end. So what might be the next phase of our specie’s development? While this isn’t something we can control nor anything that will happen overnight, it’s a creative exercise meant to expand our vision of human potential.
Revolutionary Uranus in the pioneering sign of Aries (May 2010 to March 2019) is about taking leaps beyond current reality. This eccentric planet represents breakthroughs that shatter old paradigms and reshape our lives. Its transit here represents the potential to transform self-image on a personal level and collective consciousness for humanity as a whole. But perhaps the most important factor is that our species has come to a point where it can direct its evolutionary process. The advances made in genetics has brought us to a time when we are altering our own biology. Artificial organs can lead to real test tube babies that are born outside the body and replaceable parts that significantly prolong life.
The vast majority of us, though, are spectators of this explosion in medical technology. We are, however, creators in other ways, primarily in how we think and act. What ways could we evolve that would radically alter our experiences here? What if we internalized Google and could psychically access all its data? Or if we could learn any language in a matter of minutes. Maybe we could mentally trace the origins of our thoughts or read the minds of others. Just coming up with concepts like these expands our consciousness that could spur personal changes that are within reach.
The point is to open ourselves to all sorts of possibilities, most of which aren’t going to happen but that are, nevertheless, powerful exercises in creativity. Contributing fresh concepts to the world of ideas will accelerate personal and collective growth, Individual genius—that may seem more like madness at first—is the seedbed of invention and a way that we invest hope in the future instead of denying the evolution and futilely seeking safety in the past.
As published here on my Tarot.com blog.
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